Preservation Services for Patrons

Library and Public Services (PDF)


One of our primary services is scanning. Digital Conversion scans materials and creates digital image files using a variety of methods, depending on the type of object being scanned, preservation requirements, and size of the final image needed. We charge a fee per scan, and can perform this service for libraries, university, and individual use.

Requests for Electronic Copies of Penn State Theses

To obtain a free downloadable copy of:

Other dissertations can be purchased through ProQuest.

To purchase a PSU thesis and obtain a quote, search the CAT first.

Digital Image Processing

Digital Conversion staff can edit, crop, adjust and color-correct digital image files using Adobe Creative Suite software. We can color-correct photographs and slides, digitally repair copies of damaged materials for display or reproduction purposes, and create collages and new images out of images provided to us. This service is available to the university and to individuals for a fee.  


With our range of printing equipment, Digital Conversion is able to offer an array of printing services based on your needs. We print signage, book pages and fine reproductions of original materials too delicate or valuable to circulate, as well as copies of materials such as maps or photographs for exhibit and presentation purposes. Our 42" HP DesignJet Z6100ps large format printer can produce high-quality color prints up to 42 inches in size in the smallest dimension.

Print jobs for the University Libraries are free of charge; personal orders, patron requests and printing for the greater university incur charges depending on the paper used. For best quality, the resolution of image files provided to us for printing should be at least 300 dpi.

Out-of-Print (OP) and Brittle Book Reproduction Service

The digital procedures to scan brittle books and out-of-print books were established in 1995. Both services provide for the creation of a facsimile copy to replace brittle deteriorated volumes, or in the case of out-of-print titles, as a means to acquire titles that are difficult to locate for the library’s circulating collection. When creating copies of out-of-print books, we must seek permission to reproduce books that are not in public domain.


We offer microfilming services for library and university projects. All pre- and post-filming activities are available, including retrieval, searching, physical preparation and collation, reel programming, target preparation, and quality control inspection.


We are always willing to share our experience with historical societies, small digitization initiatives, public libraries, individuals and others interested in digitizing their own precious items and collections. We consult on the digitization process, as well as what equipment, tools, storage, and display options are best for your purposes depending on the resources at your disposal. We also welcome colleagues from other digitization initiatives who would like to visit and share information on our shared work. We do not charge for these services and they are open to the libraries, university, and the general public. Appointments for visits, tours, and consultations can be scheduled with Sue Kellerman.